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Dakota doesn't live up to it's billing
By benhunts on
1998 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
Power is adequate for a V-6 but at the expense of fuel economy. Had to replace factory tires @ 19k miles; battery @ 24k miles; brake pads at 27k; backup lights haven't worked in 2 years despite replacing wiring, bulbs, fuses, etc.; rad.temp circuit chip at 55k; A/C fail at 60k; fan clutch @ 63k; front rotors, calipers, & pads. Paint began fading on the roof and tailgate at 43k and is now spreading over the cab. Truck, with the exception of the above, has performed reliably well in spite of the above.
Favorite Features
Comfort, ride, low road noise. Power is acceptable for size truck.
Suggested Improvements
too front end heavy; needs major engine improvements to improve fuel economy (I average 13 city, 15 hwy); improve build quality and QA of components; brakes need lots of help; A/C needs lots of help; paint is sketchy and not durable.
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